To the Editor:

I recently moved residency from Manhattan, N.Y. to your lovely and charming community of New Milford.

I was initially puzzled by your local train station being closed.

As I walk down Bank and Main Streets and see the empty shops, I cannot but think that this is partly due to a ghost station.

An open train station [with passenger service] brings a lot of activity to a town. There are outsiders who may find it feasible to visit us and feel welcome. As it is now, we are shutting them out.

New Yorkers do not like to drive. They find traveling by train is far more practical.

Schlepping to Brewster or Danbury is a costly nuisance.

I have found the residents of New Milford a very friendly group of people. I'd be curious to know why passenger service to this town has been absent as long as it has been.

The economy stinks. Many are unemployed. Maybe we can improve our situation here by change. Since change is the big word today let's forge ahead with it.

If we take pride in our community, let's show it off to people who may want to move here. There is no progress in complacency.

Taldo Kenyon

New Milford